Segue 10: Fall 2011 || Dreams n Nightmares
second life primer
This guide was adapted from the excellent and more thorough Getting
Started guide from Oregon State University:
NOTE: If you already have a Second Life account and want to head straight to the Virtual Segue Dreams n Nightmares installation, here is the SLurl: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Miami%20University/121/76/297/?title=Virtual%20Segue
Creating an Account
If you chose Orientation Island as your starting location, that’s where your avatar will first arrive in Second Life. Make use of all the tutorials you find there to get yourself up to speed. Be thorough, because once you leave Orientation Island, you can’t go back. We’re not sure why that is. Fortunately, you can return the guide you’re reading now, or visit the official Second Life 2.0 Quick Start Guide on the Second Life website.
You can chat with anyone using the chat bar in the lower left corner of your viewer (it says "Click here to chat"). Type what you’d like to say, and your words will appear on your viewer screen. Everyone within ten meters will be able to “hear” what you say. Click anywhere outside of the chat area on your screen to stop chatting.
Instant Messaging (IM)
If you’d like to say something to someone privately, use IM. Right-click on an avatar and select “Send IM” from the pop-up menu. Type your message in the next pop up window, click Send, and your message will be sent only to that avatar. Keep the window open to read the avatar’s response, and to continue your private conversation.
Getting Around: Walking, Running, Flying
You can move your avatar around and change your camera view by using the interface controls. Access the interface controls by clicking on the "Move" and "View" buttons on the bottom bar of your screen. You can move by walking, running, or flying. Flying is pretty cool.
You can also move your avatar using your keyboard:
Getting Around: Teleporting
Once you’re tired of orienting yourself, you can leave Orientation Island and explore the rest of this virtual world. Find and touch one of the "Enter Second Life" signs on the island to leave. You will be automatically teleported to a new location in Second Life.
To find other locations to explore in Second Life, use the search box in the upper right corner of your viewer. (You can also use this to locate individual people, groups, and events.) If you’re just starting out, the "Destination Guide" tab will showcase a few interesting places to visit.
Alternately, you can visit http://secondlife.com/destinations/, and select a category from the menu bar on the left. Select any destination, and click the orange Teleport button. In your Second Life viewer, a Place Profile will automatically open with information about the destination you’ve selected. At the bottom of the window, click the Teleport button to visit the destination.
How to Get to Miami University Island / Virtual Segue
The first place you’ll probably want to visit is Miami University Island and Virtual Segue:
If your avatar is moving at a frustratingly slow pace and you’re spending most of your time waiting and/or not being able to move or chat or anything and you feel like logging out forever before you’ve even done a single thing in Second Life:
Lowering your graphics settings will make Second Life look not as pretty as it could, but at least you’ll be able to get around. For a more complete introduction to tweaking your viewer’s settings, visit http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Preferences_window